October 15, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO   
    Have you noticed that there aren’t nearly as many Church weddings as there once were?  I remember plenty of family weddings from my youngest years.  I even have a 1968 photo of myself as a 4 year old ring bearer at the wedding of my mother’s cousin.  (That was the only occasion in my life when I wore an actual tuxedo.  I’ve worn a priest collar for far many more years.)
    Today, there are fewer large families and fewer young people since 1973.  Then again, fewer people are entering into the traditional state of official married life, and of those couples, fewer and fewer care or even know about the Catholic Christian requirement to marry in a Catholic ceremony.
    We all attend far fewer Church weddings in these years, but it still bears repeating that when we’re invited to a wedding  — or to any event for that matter—it’s good and important to reply to the invitation, to attend the event, and also to wear proper attire.
    When the Lord invites us into his life, may we all reply yes, may we all present ourselves well, and may we prepared in every way to be  a fitting guest in the house of the Lord our God.  God bless!                                                                                                                                                     —Father Jim Torquato

FATHER SEAN HOGAN IS RECUPERATING
    Several months after Father Sean Hogan had rotator cuff surgery, he had another recent surgery on October 2 for another “minor” arm repair. 
    Father Hogan’s recuperation should last at least several weeks, and then he plans to return to our Sunday Liturgy schedule in late October.  Please keep him in your daily prayers. His mailing address is:

                                Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
                                Trinity Hall
                                Duquesne University
                                Pittsburgh, PA   15282.

MEN, COME HAVE PIZZA AND LEARN ABOUT THIS YEAR’S MEN’S RETREAT!
    On Monday, October 16, in the parish hall at  6:30pm, our Men’s Retreat Promoters will have a  free pizza and beer evening for men interested in learning about a Men’s Retreat.  They will also have a member of the Retreat Center Team here to discuss retreats.  Reserve your place now for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   These days will  renew your lives with fellowship, reflection, talks, and prayer.  This will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  Please contact Mr. Jim Fanning ( 412-492-8147 ) or Mr. Bob Auray ( 412-406-8800 )  to register.  Plan now to join us!

COLLECTING BABY DIAPERS HERE THIS WEEKEND, OCTOBER 14-15
    This weekend, October 14-15, you’re welcome to bring donations of baby diapers to the main church entrance as our Parish Respect Life Committee helps Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in their drive to distribute 100,000 diapers to infants and families in need.  This is an exceptional way to promote the dignity of human life.  Thanks for your care and goodness toward God’s children.
 
ANOINTING LITURGY HERE THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, AT 11:00AM LITURGY
    Parish members in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are invited to participate in the 11:00am Liturgy here THIS Sunday, October 15.  This Sacrament of the Sick is offered to those who are elderly, infirm, or ill as a pledge and source of the Lord’s love and grace.  Please be seated in the front sections of the Church to receive this divine gift!

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY NEXT WEEKEND
    Every October, the Church throughout the world observes World Mission Sunday when we celebrate Jesus’ command to share the love and life of God as well as the Lord’s own Gospel with all people!  Our Mission work has brought so many blessings to all of humanity.  We will take up a Second Collection next weekend to continue the Church’s mission outreach!

PARISH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NOVEMBER 2 ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
   On Thursday, November 2,  at 7:30pm, we will hold this year’s annual Memorial Service to remember and pray for all our parish members who died in the past 12 months. For this special event, your compassionate outreach is needed as we assemble 40 parish volunteers to welcome families, to guide them, and to pray with them.  Sign up with Sister Pat Baker soon.

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish will be merged by 2022.  In March 2018,  priests will be assigned to begin in October 2018.  At that same time in October 2018, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.  Each grouping of parishes will have only 6-7 Liturgies.  The final consolidation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.  Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thanks for your support of  On Mission!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH
  • Pet Therapy sessions on October 17 and November 14, 4:00pm-5:00pm, at the VA Hospital, Delafield Road.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon.
  • Habitat for Humanity service projects on Saturday, October 21, 8:45am-1:30pm.  HS and MS students welcome.  Reserve a spot before October 18.
  • Come for TACO TUESDAYS and Bible Study and prayer each week from 8:00-9:00pm in the Ministry Center basement.
  • Family House meal preparation on October 25, 4:15pm until 7:00pm.  Reserve your spot soon!
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FAIR TRADE FAIR HERE OCTOBER 28-29
    Once again, our Hope for Haiti Committee will host a Fair Trade Fair in the parish hall in two weeks.  Always a popular event, this fair brings chocolate, jewelry, coffee, clothing, Christmas gifts, and other items from family businesses in Third World countries.  Your purchases help them to earn a living and escape poverty!  Thanks for your participation in two weeks!

PRIESTHOOD DISCERNMENT EVENING
    On Monday evening, October 23, from 5:45pm —8:00pm, our Diocesan Vocations Office will hold a Priesthood Discernment Evening at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, for men of college and college graduate ages. 
    This evening will include prayer, dinner, and information about your possible call to serve the Lord and his Church as an ordained priest.  Email tsullivan@diopitt.org  before October 15 for more information and registration.

WOMEN’S MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST
    On Saturday, October 28, from 9:00am—12 noon, at the Doubletree Hotel in Cranberry, the Pittsburgh Chapter of Magnificat will hold their monthly breakfast for all Catholic women.  The guest speaker is Cuban born Maria Vadia, the founder of an association in Miami that evangelizes in the power of the Holy Spirit and brings the Gospel to women and to all in the Catholic Church.  Call Pam (412-461-8906) by this Wednesday at noon.  The donation is $23 per person.  You’ll be glad that you’re taking part!

Many thanks to our Respect Life Committee for all your work this month and during the year to promote respect and protection for those pre-born, elderly, and in need during our National Respect Life Month!
  
Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please contact Andy Bechman at our office or email him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

GATHERING 100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities has begun an effort to collect 100,000 baby diapers in the next 100 days to help low income and struggling parents with young children!  Diapers sizes 2-5 are being received at the Catholic Charities 9th Street offices downtown.  Call Kelli Mainous (412-456-6950) for drop off.
    Also, you can visit and shop Amazon  at www.smile.amazon.com (+), then choose “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh”, select your diaper donation, and have it shipped to Catholic Charities at 212 Ninth Street, Pgh., PA  15222.  Thank you very much for your generosity to babies and infants!

FIRE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM CONFERENCE
    On Saturday, November 4, Saint Bernadette Parish and North American Martyrs Parish, in Monroeville, will host a one afternoon conference at Gateway High School on igniting all Church families and members for the New Evangelization.  The day begins at 12 noon and concludes at 6:00pm.  Register at www.stbrnadet.org (+) this week.  Come and be filled with the Spirit and life of the Lord!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
In October,  your donations of canned soups, stews, and sloppy joe mix are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 16 — Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
   8:30 am   John Keefe Ellis  (Constance Donnelly)

Tuesday, October 17 — Saint Ignatius of Antioch
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif  (wife, Marjorie)

Wednesday, October 18 —Saint Luke, evangelist
   8:30 am   Cathy Chase Boring   (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)

Thursday, October 19 — North American Martyrs
   8:30 am   Robert Kaminski  (Mary Labriola)

Friday, October 20 — Saint Paul of the Cross, priest
   8:30 am   Georgene Veltri  (Kathleen Piper)

Saturday, October 21
   9:00 am   Monica Ribar  (Deanna Miller)

   5:00pm   Gebhard Kleiner, anniversary  (Renee Arturo Kleiner)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 22 — 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Mrs. Audrey Demme   (Jer & Carole Werries & Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   John C. Sheedy  (Maureen O’Brien) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 15, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 25:6-10a/Psalm 23:1-6/Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20/Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

Monday: Romans 1:1-7/Psalm 98:1-4/Luke 11:29-32

Tuesday: Romans 1:16-25/Psalm 19:2-5/Luke 11:37-41

Wednesday: 2 Timothy 4:10-17b/Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18/Luke 10:1-9

Thursday: Romans 3:21-30/Psalm 130:1b-6ab/Luke 11:47-54

Friday: Romans 4:1-8/Psalm 32:1b-2, 5, 11/Luke 12:1-7

Saturday: Romans 4:13, 16-18/Psalm 105:6-9, 42-43/Luke 12:8-12

Next Sunday: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6/Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10/1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b/Matthew 22:15-21

The altar flowers this weekend are a gift from Mrs. Mary Jo Romano in honor of the 100th anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady of Fatima.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and duffle bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now:   canned vegetables;  canned red or black beans;  plain crackers; macaroni & cheese;  and prepared meal mixes.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easier transport. Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Smiles by Smith Orthodontics in Fox Chapel and Allison Park  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THIS SATURDAY’S SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
    While our CDTCA regional elementary school customarily holds an Open House for prospective families, parents, and students in January, our new regional school administrator (appointed by the Bishop’s Staff)  has requested that all the schools in our newly formed North Hills Catholic Regional Elementary School system simultaneously hold an Open House in each of our schools to welcome families and students into our school programs beginning in the next school year 2018-2019. 
    You’ll see a flyer in this weekend’s bulletin, and the CDTCA Open House will be held in our school this coming Saturday, October 21, from 12 noon until 2:00pm.  Please call our school office (412-781-7927) to let us know if you and  your young students will be participating!  Thanks very much!

GET TO KNOW  MISS KASSANDRA BYRNES
    Our new second grade teacher, Miss Kassandra Byrnes, is one of five children in her family, and she’s the only daughter.  Her family and family life are very important to her.  She also has six nephews and nieces with whom she enjoys spending lots of time.  Miss Byrnes will complete her educational Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology in May 2018, and when she has personal free time, she enjoys shopping, seeing new movies, and home projects.
    This is Miss Byrnes’ first year as our full time second grade teacher.  As a substitute teacher last year, she came to appreciate the family atmosphere here at CDTCA as well as our faith based education.  She enjoys preparing her students for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist and helping them to learn the faith each and every day.  Welcome!
 
OUR UPCOMING CDTCA PTG FALL FLING
   On Saturday evening, November 18, our CDTCA Parent Teacher Guild will hold their annual Fall Fling Dinner, Dance, and Auction.  Please mark your calendar and make plans to join many supporters of our regional Catholic Academy for this special annual event.  More information will follow soon.
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Our parish Respect Life Committee will meet in the parish hall this coming Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30pm.  Come join us.  New members are welcome!

Jesus invites us to his supper!
    Every Sunday--in  fact, every day--Jesus invites us to share in his supper which is the feast of his very own divine life! When we share in the Lord’s Supper and receive the gift of the Eucharist, we receive the very life and grace of God. May we always appreciate this divine gift, and may we always accept Jesus’ invitation!
  
     Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.  As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.



SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10           
Fax 412-781-4316
Internet site:  www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD

The Episcopal Vicar for Diocesan Region Four
Very Reverend Philip N. Farrell, VE

Pastor of the Parish
Reverend James R. Torquato............................Ext. 10

Parish Office Staff
Debbie VanDemark, Amy Condosta, ………….....Ext.10

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP..................................Ext. 17

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT................................Ext. 20 

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser.........................Ext. 21

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Bookkeeper/ Safe Environment Coordinator
Amy Condosta…………………………………………….…Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927